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For fans of Svetlana Chmakova's Awkward and Raina Telgemeier's Smile comes an inventive new story from Cardboard Kingdom creator Chad Sell about a group of young artists who must work together when one of their own creations becomes a monster. Drew is just a regular artist. But there's nothing ordinary about her art. Her doodles are mischievous . . . and rarely do they stay For fans of Svetlana Chmakova's Awkward and Raina Telgemeier's Smile comes an inventive new story from Cardboard Kingdom creator Chad Sell about a group of young artists who must work together when one of their own creations becomes a monster. Drew is just a regular artist. But there's nothing ordinary about her art. Her doodles are mischievous . . . and rarely do they stay in Doodleville, the world she's created in her sketchbook. Instead, Drew's doodles prefer to explore the world outside. But after an inspiring class trip to the Art Institute of Chicago--where the doodles cause a bit too much trouble--Drew decides it's time to take her artistic talents to the next level. Enter the Leviathan--Levi, for short. He's bigger and better than anything Drew has ever created before. He's a monster, but a friendly one. That is, until Levi begins to wreak havoc on Drew's other doodles--and on the heroes her classmates have dreamt up. Levi won't be easily tamed, and it seems there is a link between the monster's bad behavior and Drew's feelings. With the help of her loyal art club friends, will she be able to save Doodleville--and Levi--before it's too late?


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For fans of Svetlana Chmakova's Awkward and Raina Telgemeier's Smile comes an inventive new story from Cardboard Kingdom creator Chad Sell about a group of young artists who must work together when one of their own creations becomes a monster. Drew is just a regular artist. But there's nothing ordinary about her art. Her doodles are mischievous . . . and rarely do they stay For fans of Svetlana Chmakova's Awkward and Raina Telgemeier's Smile comes an inventive new story from Cardboard Kingdom creator Chad Sell about a group of young artists who must work together when one of their own creations becomes a monster. Drew is just a regular artist. But there's nothing ordinary about her art. Her doodles are mischievous . . . and rarely do they stay in Doodleville, the world she's created in her sketchbook. Instead, Drew's doodles prefer to explore the world outside. But after an inspiring class trip to the Art Institute of Chicago--where the doodles cause a bit too much trouble--Drew decides it's time to take her artistic talents to the next level. Enter the Leviathan--Levi, for short. He's bigger and better than anything Drew has ever created before. He's a monster, but a friendly one. That is, until Levi begins to wreak havoc on Drew's other doodles--and on the heroes her classmates have dreamt up. Levi won't be easily tamed, and it seems there is a link between the monster's bad behavior and Drew's feelings. With the help of her loyal art club friends, will she be able to save Doodleville--and Levi--before it's too late?

30 review for Doodleville

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jill Kenna

    Thanks to NetGalley for the free review copy! This was such a cute book! I really enjoyed the story and the illustrations. I liked how it dealt with spiraling thoughts and anxiety as well. Overall, I think it's a really great book and would make a good addition to anyone's library!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Geoff

    Cute kids graphic novel about the importance of art, not suppressing emotions, friendship, teamwork, and creativity. The art style is really engaging (and some of the doodles the author has been drawing since he was a kid!) and while it wasn't my favorite graphic novel, I'm not the target audience. But I'd buy it for my kids. **Thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for giving me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Panda Incognito

    This didn't work for me. It has an interesting concept and some good messages about art, self-acceptance, and dealing with emotions, but I wanted more world-building and a lot less metaphor. Clearly, most readers liked this, and I'm glad that they did, but I had a hard time following the story. Because the author never grounded his magical realism plot within a framework of communicated rules for the fantasy world, what happened seemed random and choppy to me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Zac

    Imagine if all art was alive. Superheroes could move through the pages of a comic, a landscape painting could change depending on the time of day and Mona Lisa’s mood could change. This is a reality in Drew’s world in Chad Sell’s magical new graphic novel, Doodleville Drew is a doodler and since she was little she has been doodling funny creatures that come alive. All art in Drew’s world is alive and when her Art Club visits the Art Institute she sees how amazing art can be. She sneaks in her own Imagine if all art was alive. Superheroes could move through the pages of a comic, a landscape painting could change depending on the time of day and Mona Lisa’s mood could change. This is a reality in Drew’s world in Chad Sell’s magical new graphic novel, Doodleville Drew is a doodler and since she was little she has been doodling funny creatures that come alive. All art in Drew’s world is alive and when her Art Club visits the Art Institute she sees how amazing art can be. She sneaks in her own doodles though who create havoc in the paintings, including stealing a baby’s hat from one painting. Drew creates Levi, a dragon-like creature, for her art project but this cute, friendly creature turns dark and starts to hunt the other doodles. As Drew let’s her fear and uncertainty take over Levi wreaks havoc and it’s up to Drew and her friends to stop Levi. The idea of art coming to life is so cool and Chad certainly makes it feel like his characters are alive and moving. The action of the story moves so smoothly through the illustrations and Chad doesn’t let panels limit how the story flows. I love the character designs as they’re cartoony but have really expressive faces. My favourite thing about Chad’s stories is the diversity of his characters. In Doodleville, Ameer and Zenobia are black, and it’s possible that Beck and TJ are gender diverse. Zenobia’s doodles are the Magical Butterfly Boyfriends, two princes from warring kingdoms who are in love. It’s great for kids to not only see themselves in graphic novels but also to see other kids who are different from them. Chad promises readers that this is just the start of Drew’s story so we’ll see more of her and the gang in the next book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Allie

    This rating/review is based on an ARC courtesy of Netgalley and Knopf Books for Young Readers. First let me say that I will definitely put this in the hands of kids. Well, once libraries reopen and once people start coming back and once we start ordering books again and once this book is actually published! I think kids who like The Cardboard Kingdom will like this too, but stop one is definitely CK. I struggled with the world-building in this comic. The story focuses on Drew, a tween girl who lov This rating/review is based on an ARC courtesy of Netgalley and Knopf Books for Young Readers. First let me say that I will definitely put this in the hands of kids. Well, once libraries reopen and once people start coming back and once we start ordering books again and once this book is actually published! I think kids who like The Cardboard Kingdom will like this too, but stop one is definitely CK. I struggled with the world-building in this comic. The story focuses on Drew, a tween girl who loves drawing doodles. In the universe of the book her curious doodles can jump off the page and interact with the wider world. Is Drew somehow special? No, because her doodles interact with the drawings of her fellow Art Club members and with paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago. Is this just a part of the world? If it is then why are people surprised that it happens? Is this kid stuff “coming to life” but in actuality it’s imagined? That was such a clear and awesome delineation in Cardboard Kingdom, and this book is missing that element to ground it in reality. The story structure and reality of the universe in Doodleville are all over the place. Sell wants it to be both fantastic and realistic, but commits to neither enough for make it make sense. I really, really wanted to like this more, and there are so many ideas in it that I LOVE. Somehow when it's all combined it just falls flat.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Dulaney

    The art in Chad Sells new book is wonderful-Drew and her friends are graphic characters, but each unique and realistic-looking, especially as Drew’s “doodles,” simple line drawings, dance all over the pages around them. The blend of full color panels mixed with the black and white sketches is dramatic and appealing. But the storyline of a girl who draws sketches that come to life and interfere in every aspect of their creator’s life, wrecking havoc wherever they go, just seemed to drone on and o The art in Chad Sells new book is wonderful-Drew and her friends are graphic characters, but each unique and realistic-looking, especially as Drew’s “doodles,” simple line drawings, dance all over the pages around them. The blend of full color panels mixed with the black and white sketches is dramatic and appealing. But the storyline of a girl who draws sketches that come to life and interfere in every aspect of their creator’s life, wrecking havoc wherever they go, just seemed to drone on and on as poor Drew tries to fit in with the other kids in the art club. I loved the stories that Sells wrote and gathered from other writers to give readers a Cardboard Kingdom, but I am not too enthusiastic about his new book. I think I’ll wait and see what other librarians report about their patrons’ response before I buy this one. Content notes: no profanity or sexual content, violence is the cartoon superhero type of messes created by doodles on the rampage, the art club kids have a variety of skin tones and body shapes and the drawings of one member center on the adventures of two boyfriend princes. Target age group is likely grades 4-6. Thanks for the dARC, NetGalley.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Maeve

    Drew has loved doodling ever since a child. But there's something special about her doodles...they come to life! Drew has managed to create a whole village for them, but they do escape from time to time and travel along walls and paper on innocent adventures. When she joins the Art Club at her school, Drew struggles with creating more than just doodles. She decides to create a new doodle...bigger and better than anything else. She names it Levi (short for Leviathan), but he threatened Drew's oth Drew has loved doodling ever since a child. But there's something special about her doodles...they come to life! Drew has managed to create a whole village for them, but they do escape from time to time and travel along walls and paper on innocent adventures. When she joins the Art Club at her school, Drew struggles with creating more than just doodles. She decides to create a new doodle...bigger and better than anything else. She names it Levi (short for Leviathan), but he threatened Drew's other doodles and the Art Club's creations. Together, Drew and her Art Club friends must find a way to restore peace. The world building was a little confusing at times, but I believe that readers would suspend disbelief enough to enjoy the story.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mary Lee

    So happy for this new series from Chad Sell! Drew (perfect name!) is a doodler. I've had MANY doodlers over the years. Wish I would have had this book last year for the KING of doodlers. You could go really deep with this book. Drew's Leviathan reflects her own inner self -- part happy/friendly, and part dark/destructive. The book explores how to own your demons and balance them with your better self. Love the community of Drew's art club, how each artist's characters reflect them with different s So happy for this new series from Chad Sell! Drew (perfect name!) is a doodler. I've had MANY doodlers over the years. Wish I would have had this book last year for the KING of doodlers. You could go really deep with this book. Drew's Leviathan reflects her own inner self -- part happy/friendly, and part dark/destructive. The book explores how to own your demons and balance them with your better self. Love the community of Drew's art club, how each artist's characters reflect them with different strengths, and how they collaborated to help Drew.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Katie Lawrence

    This was a really charming book with a great message about handling feelings of inadequacy or feeling out of control. I loved the character designs and the concept of drawings that could jump from surface to surface. This is one where at times I started thinking too hard about the rules of the magic, silly Katie. Once I stopped thinking so hard I enjoyed the ride greatly. Sell has a great deal of drawing videos on YouTube where you can learn to draw your own Doodles and he encourages young artis This was a really charming book with a great message about handling feelings of inadequacy or feeling out of control. I loved the character designs and the concept of drawings that could jump from surface to surface. This is one where at times I started thinking too hard about the rules of the magic, silly Katie. Once I stopped thinking so hard I enjoyed the ride greatly. Sell has a great deal of drawing videos on YouTube where you can learn to draw your own Doodles and he encourages young artists to never give up.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Christany

    What a sweet comic! It's simultaneously a book about the joy of making art, a book about mental health, and a book about celebrating differences - all wrapped up in colorful, artsy, kid-friendly package. I loved it. :)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jenna D.

    Doodleville comes close, but doesn’t quite hit the mark, in its depiction of mental issues and insecurity. While I appreciate the diverse cast and will likely want to read more about them, I don’t feel a strong connection with this one. If given the choice, I’d go for Cardboard Kingdom instead.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cassie Thomas

    My students are going to love reading about Drew and her doodles and how they come to life. The whole time I thought about pairing with Inkling!

  13. 4 out of 5

    mytaakeonit

    Such a creative story, and I LOVE Chad Sell’s artwork.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Brena Green

    Such creativity and fun! & amazing character development :) VERY excited for the sequel Such creativity and fun! & amazing character development :) VERY excited for the sequel

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alisha

    Drew loves to draw. She is in an art club with several other kids that have unique talents. However, when one of her drawings starts attacking her art club's work she must team up with them to stop it. Art: Overall I thought the drawings, especially the doodles, were really cute. I liked the moments when the doodles were playing with the real paintings. However, sometimes the art for the other characters got kind of ugly. I also think the other characters could have had more distinct art styles. Drew loves to draw. She is in an art club with several other kids that have unique talents. However, when one of her drawings starts attacking her art club's work she must team up with them to stop it. Art: Overall I thought the drawings, especially the doodles, were really cute. I liked the moments when the doodles were playing with the real paintings. However, sometimes the art for the other characters got kind of ugly. I also think the other characters could have had more distinct art styles. They all drew something that Drew could have drawn. It's probably the limitation of only having one artist. If only he could have collaborated with some other artists. Story: I liked the themes of cooperation. It's great to see such a diverse group of characters come together to achieve a goal. It's also a reminder that everyone has something to offer in their artistic expression. I also liked the leviathan as a metaphor for anger, depression, or artistic funk. Some of the dialog was a little stilted and could have been stronger. Overall, I'd give this a 3.5/5 stars rounded-up to 4. A cute graphic novel for kids ages 8-12

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    I didn't love this quite as much as I'd loved Cardboard Kingdom, but that's a pretty high bar. I like the concept of a world where art comes to life, but I don't think Sell quite articulated what made Drew's wild, uncontrollable art different from everybody else's well-behaved art. It just is. I did like the way he externalized Drew's anxieties and self-consciousness about her art, though, and I think that part of the story is quite relatable. I liked the art club kids and especially the sponsor I didn't love this quite as much as I'd loved Cardboard Kingdom, but that's a pretty high bar. I like the concept of a world where art comes to life, but I don't think Sell quite articulated what made Drew's wild, uncontrollable art different from everybody else's well-behaved art. It just is. I did like the way he externalized Drew's anxieties and self-consciousness about her art, though, and I think that part of the story is quite relatable. I liked the art club kids and especially the sponsoring teacher, who is positive and encouraging in all the best ways. I am looking forward to the next book in the series, because I am a bit attached to the characters.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    With the diverse cast of characters, everyone will find someone with whom they can identify. The plot is funny and action packed and I love the teamwork angle.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Took me quite a few pages to get into, and I still like Cardboard Kingdom more, but I think kids will love it!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kenya Starflight

    I loved Chad Sell's The Cardboard Kingdom, a story about imagination, identity, and using play to confront one's own personal demons and issues. When I saw that the author/illustrator had come out with another graphic novel, "Doodleville," I knew I had to give it a read. And while I think it's not quite as good as "The Cardboard Kingdom," it's still a charming but emotional story about imagination, self-confidence, and the bonds of friendship. Drew may not be the best artist, but she has an incre I loved Chad Sell's The Cardboard Kingdom, a story about imagination, identity, and using play to confront one's own personal demons and issues. When I saw that the author/illustrator had come out with another graphic novel, "Doodleville," I knew I had to give it a read. And while I think it's not quite as good as "The Cardboard Kingdom," it's still a charming but emotional story about imagination, self-confidence, and the bonds of friendship. Drew may not be the best artist, but she has an incredible talent -- her doodles come to life! She likes her friends in art club and the friends that accompany her everywhere in her sketchbook... but after an eventful trip to an art museum, she tries her hand at a new doodle inspired by paintings of the Leviathan -- a monster she names Levi. When Levi proves to be uncontrollable and threatens not only her doodles, but the superheroes her friends have drawn and brought to life, Drew has to figure out the link between herself and her monster, and use it to save the doodles. The artwork in this graphic novel is charming and cute, cartoony and colorful without being overly cutesy. The doodles are imaginative, and the character designs are nicely varied and fun. The panel layout is simple and easy to follow, and the art makes good use of shading and dark panels to convey the shifts in Drew's mood. I would have liked a bit more variation in the kids' art styles -- many of their drawings look pretty much the same save for subject matter -- but I understand that not every artist can replicate multiple art styles. I wasn't quite as won over by the story of this graphic novel -- it's definitely more plot-driven than character-driven, with the focus mainly on Drew instead of giving her characters much in the way of personality. And the rules of the world don't feel clearly defined -- can all artwork come to life, or only kid's doodles? Still, the story itself will resonate with any kid who's feeling self-doubt about their own artwork and creations, and carries a strong message about friendship and having faith in your own abilities. "Doodleville" may suffer a bit in comparison to "The Cardboard Kingdom," but it's a good story in its own right. It has charming art, a relatable story and protagonist, and a lot of humor and heart behind it as well. And it comes with a bonus section where Chad Sell explains where some of the doodles came from and the inspiration behind them.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    June 9th 2020 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young ReadersE ARC provided by the publisher Drew loves to draw, and has a notebook full of doodles with whom she interacts. When she takes her sketch book with her on an art club field trip to the local art museum, some of the doodles escape and cause problems with the art in the museum. Drew feels that her drawings aren't as impressive as those by her fellow students, so when she is assigned a project, she tries something bigger. Her Leviathan drawing June 9th 2020 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young ReadersE ARC provided by the publisher Drew loves to draw, and has a notebook full of doodles with whom she interacts. When she takes her sketch book with her on an art club field trip to the local art museum, some of the doodles escape and cause problems with the art in the museum. Drew feels that her drawings aren't as impressive as those by her fellow students, so when she is assigned a project, she tries something bigger. Her Leviathan drawing causes all sorts of problems, destroying both her work and those of the other students, and this destructive behavior seems tied to her feelings of anxiety and inadequacy. She needs the help of her classmates to make things right. Strengths: This was a great fantasy graphic novel with a realistic start, and I enjoyed how we are just dropped into Drew's world where of course art comes to life. Her parents run a diner, which is a fun setting, especially since it means Drew has access to the huge roll of paper used to cover tables! What budding artist wouldn't love that. While Drew loves to draw, she feels that her work isn't as good as her classmates, which is certainly a feeling all of us have at one time or another. The Leviathan as the manifestation of her anxiety is an interesting way to explain this to younger readers. Weaknesses: This got a bit repetitive in the middle, with the monster ravaging different things and the classmates trying different ways to deal with it. What I really think: Debating. This is certainly an interesting and well done graphic novel, but Cardboard Kingdom doesn't circulate as well as I expected with my students, but that is probably because of the younger cover. This would certainly be fascinating to readers who like to draw a lot, and I would definitely purchase it for an elementary school.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    "Go big or go home" is the collective message our heroine gets from her friends and tutors at art club, so she decides to create the largest and most impressive thing she ever has, and knocks out a Leviathan, based on what she saw at the local gallery. The only thing is, everything she draws comes to life – she has a whole village of cutesy doodles called, er, Doodles. However, without intending to, she's let loose a monster – and it's also threatened to destroy all the recurring characters her "Go big or go home" is the collective message our heroine gets from her friends and tutors at art club, so she decides to create the largest and most impressive thing she ever has, and knocks out a Leviathan, based on what she saw at the local gallery. The only thing is, everything she draws comes to life – she has a whole village of cutesy doodles called, er, Doodles. However, without intending to, she's let loose a monster – and it's also threatened to destroy all the recurring characters her friends have designed. Can the whole group create something that can right the wrong – something called friendship, cooperation, and friendly positivism? I don't think anyone outside the target audience for this book will take to the concept, that sketches and doodles come to life, and interact with our heroine from their 2D existence – nor that they can leave that realm and enter ours for mischievous purposes. But this certainly isn't designed to be all-ages friendly, and the right reader will potentially really like this. There is some worthy art education here and there, which we could do without, but there is also a sense of a moral, portraying the fact you should not be disappointed in or doubtful of your creativity, and just be happy you've produced something. Certainly our art tutor is more amenable to trashy comic book-styled inventions than the norm. So we're not supposed to dismiss someone's doodles as light, simple junk, and we're not supposed to turn anyone's creative tap off. And when the results are a book as pleasantly enjoyable as this, that would be a wrong thing – for all my talk of morals and lessons this book is primarily here for the quirky fantasy it has a whole portfolio of.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    Doodleville by Chad Sell, 288 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL. Alfred A. Knopf (Random House), 2020. $13. Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH When Drew and her friends in art club go to the Art Institute, they take away inspiration to make something new. But Drew’s project quickly takes on a mind of its own, wreaking havoc on the other creations. With her doodles creating so many problems, can Drew recover from losing both h Doodleville by Chad Sell, 288 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL. Alfred A. Knopf (Random House), 2020. $13. Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH When Drew and her friends in art club go to the Art Institute, they take away inspiration to make something new. But Drew’s project quickly takes on a mind of its own, wreaking havoc on the other creations. With her doodles creating so many problems, can Drew recover from losing both her art and her friends? Drew’s doodles are magical, and I love that everyone in the book takes it in stride as if it’s totally normal -- which makes me wonder what the rest of the world looks like as imagined by Sell. I also love that Drew has a great support system around her. The conflict in this book stems from Drew’s internal battles, and the depiction of depression, or at least a depressive episode, was beautifully done. A message to take away from all of this is when we reach out for help from those who love us, our inner demons can be overcome. Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen https://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2020...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Hicks

    I received this as an ARC from NetGalley and below are my honest opinions of the book. I absolutely adored Cardboard Kingdom and was so excited when I saw this was coming out! It is a story of friendship and figuring out how to deal with frustration and sadness all with the magic of art! I will definitely be purchasing this for my middle school library, but I also believe it is appropriate for upper elementary as well! It has great artwork specifically the parts in the art museum when you see th I received this as an ARC from NetGalley and below are my honest opinions of the book. I absolutely adored Cardboard Kingdom and was so excited when I saw this was coming out! It is a story of friendship and figuring out how to deal with frustration and sadness all with the magic of art! I will definitely be purchasing this for my middle school library, but I also believe it is appropriate for upper elementary as well! It has great artwork specifically the parts in the art museum when you see the different art styles and how they are all mingled together. I thought that was a unique touch to the story! I also thought the author tackled inner conflict to a perfection! A lot of times kids/preteens don't understand what is going on, just that they are frustrated and sad as well as navigating friendships that are a bit rocky. This story touched on those things which is something important to have for that age group! In the end, I highly recommend this GN and can't wait to share it with my students and teachers!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carro Herdegen

    Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG When Drew and her friends in art club go to the Art Institute, they take away inspiration to make something new. But Drew’s project quickly takes on a mind of its own, wreaking havoc on the other creations. With her doodles creating so many problems, can Drew recover from losing both her art and her friends? Drew’s doodles are magical, and I love that everyone in the book takes it in stride as if it’s totally normal -- which makes me w Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG When Drew and her friends in art club go to the Art Institute, they take away inspiration to make something new. But Drew’s project quickly takes on a mind of its own, wreaking havoc on the other creations. With her doodles creating so many problems, can Drew recover from losing both her art and her friends? Drew’s doodles are magical, and I love that everyone in the book takes it in stride as if it’s totally normal -- which makes me wonder what the rest of the world looks like as imagined by Sell. I also love that Drew has a great support system around her. The conflict in this book stems from Drew’s internal battles, and the depiction of depression, or at least a depressive episode, was beautifully done. A message to take away from all of this is when we reach out for help from those who love us, our inner demons can be overcome. Reviewed for https://kissthebook.blogspot.com/

  25. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Fultz

    I enjoyed this very much and am certain other GN fans will, too. A touch of Inkling (Oppel) and Captain Underpants (all the kids in art club have superheroes) makes it a perfect for early chapter book readers and MG and even some HS students who will just appreciate the havoc caused by cute sketched characters coming to life in an art museum. But here's where I have to say that I completely diversity is key, but it does bother me when it seems forced. The art club kids appear racially and cultur I enjoyed this very much and am certain other GN fans will, too. A touch of Inkling (Oppel) and Captain Underpants (all the kids in art club have superheroes) makes it a perfect for early chapter book readers and MG and even some HS students who will just appreciate the havoc caused by cute sketched characters coming to life in an art museum. But here's where I have to say that I completely diversity is key, but it does bother me when it seems forced. The art club kids appear racially and culturally diverse. One or two of them are non-gendered or genderfluid. One of the girls' superhero characters are Butterfly Princes, a romantic pair of two pink and purple costumed cartoon guys with wings who hold hands and have twofold power. I LOVE these guys, but sometimes the diversity of characters AND the characters' characters seems contrived. I love this GN and will enthusiastically promote it, but in the back of my mind it has an asterisk as what I call "a Bratz doll book."

  26. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Graphic Novel I received an electronic ARC from Random House Children's Publishers through NetGalley. Sell's main character creates an entire city for her Doodles who come to life and explore. Unfortunately, they often get in trouble when they're out of the sketchbook or city drawing. One of Drew's drawings, the Leviathan, turns angry in response to Drew's emotions. She and her Art Club friends connect their characters and work to destroy the Leviathan. However, Drew realizes a better way to conne Graphic Novel I received an electronic ARC from Random House Children's Publishers through NetGalley. Sell's main character creates an entire city for her Doodles who come to life and explore. Unfortunately, they often get in trouble when they're out of the sketchbook or city drawing. One of Drew's drawings, the Leviathan, turns angry in response to Drew's emotions. She and her Art Club friends connect their characters and work to destroy the Leviathan. However, Drew realizes a better way to connect with it and help it balance the darker emotions. The resulting universe connects all of their characters and settings for all of the drawings. The illustrations are highly detailed and the characters evolve throughout the book. This is book one of a series and I'm looking forward to the next one to continue the tale.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    I thoroughly enjoyed this graphic novels and I know my students will too! Some have noted not being satisfied with the mix of realism and fantasy but I don't think that took away from the book for me. Kids are able to imagine alternate worlds where doodles can pop off the page - the intended age group doesn't necessarily question the plausibility of this happening in real life like adults might. This book features diverse characters and some deeper, more complex emotions/themes are explored. I c I thoroughly enjoyed this graphic novels and I know my students will too! Some have noted not being satisfied with the mix of realism and fantasy but I don't think that took away from the book for me. Kids are able to imagine alternate worlds where doodles can pop off the page - the intended age group doesn't necessarily question the plausibility of this happening in real life like adults might. This book features diverse characters and some deeper, more complex emotions/themes are explored. I could see it being a little bit scary for very young children but I think it's sweet spot would be 4th grade & up. Overall, I had a lot of fun reading this and I'm excited to purchase for my elementary school library. I received a free eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review - thank you NetGalley & Random House Children's :)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Tuite

    Reading 2020 Book 134: Doodleville by Chad Sell Graphic novel review coming at you. Reading in September for two challenges: #30booksin30days (book 5) and #youbetYA2020 (book 4). Doodleville is my second book by author Chad Sell, this one published in June. Drew is an artist and has been since a young age. Her "doodles" can be mischievous and jump off the page when they go places. When Drew creates a character that she doesn't know how to control, she will need the help of the whole art club to fix Reading 2020 Book 134: Doodleville by Chad Sell Graphic novel review coming at you. Reading in September for two challenges: #30booksin30days (book 5) and #youbetYA2020 (book 4). Doodleville is my second book by author Chad Sell, this one published in June. Drew is an artist and has been since a young age. Her "doodles" can be mischievous and jump off the page when they go places. When Drew creates a character that she doesn't know how to control, she will need the help of the whole art club to fix things. For me, Cardboard Kingdom (also by Chad Sell) edges out Doodleville. This was a cute book and would be very popular in my classroom library. Reviewed for ages 8 and older, you can't go wrong with either of Sell's books. Looking forward to discussing both books with Katie Colcomb Augustine's young reviewers. My rating 4⭐️.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Murray

    This children's graphic novel is geared more for 2nd-4th graders is about Drew who loves to Doodle. The problem with Drew's doodles is that they have a life of their own and will leave her sketchbook and get Drew into all sorts of trouble. Drew is asked by her Art Club instructor to do something more challenging so she draws a leviathan, whom she calls Levi. Levi starts out being friendly but becomes and angry and dark, so Drew and her Art Club friends team-up to defeat Levi. This graphic novel This children's graphic novel is geared more for 2nd-4th graders is about Drew who loves to Doodle. The problem with Drew's doodles is that they have a life of their own and will leave her sketchbook and get Drew into all sorts of trouble. Drew is asked by her Art Club instructor to do something more challenging so she draws a leviathan, whom she calls Levi. Levi starts out being friendly but becomes and angry and dark, so Drew and her Art Club friends team-up to defeat Levi. This graphic novel are for fans of Dog Man and Captain Underpants, but this book though it has some lighter moments is a bit darker and more serious, but looks at the importance of team work and not feeling all alone with one's problems.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    Three and a half stars. Possibly four, but my expectations were sky high, having loved Cardboard Kingdom and waiting with bated breath for this book. We enjoyed it, but it wasn't at the same level. The worldbuilding was a little off - Can everyone makes live doodles, or just some kids? Why do they even let kids draw in the museum if doodles escaping is just a thing? Do you draw something a single time and then it's alive and you can never draw it again, and if not, then if you draw it over and o Three and a half stars. Possibly four, but my expectations were sky high, having loved Cardboard Kingdom and waiting with bated breath for this book. We enjoyed it, but it wasn't at the same level. The worldbuilding was a little off - Can everyone makes live doodles, or just some kids? Why do they even let kids draw in the museum if doodles escaping is just a thing? Do you draw something a single time and then it's alive and you can never draw it again, and if not, then if you draw it over and over, does each one come alive and have the same personality? What about the pictures on advertisements? I had a lot of questions, in other words. But if you just don't question the larger ramifications, the story itself is fun and resonates emotionally.

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